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Exotic Fish Take Over Abandoned Shopping Mall

Written by Wu Ming on . Posted in Urban Chant


This is one of the weird things you can find in Bangkok: an abandoned shopping mall that has been closed for around 20 years. The basement is flooded and full of exotic fish. Where else in the world could you find something like this?


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The New World Mall, in Bangkok, was closed in 1997 after it was found to have breached building regulations, before a fire in 1999 left it without a roof.

Rainwater slowly filled the building with water, causing a major mosquito problem. In an effort to rid themselves of the pests, the locals introduced freshwater talapia fish to eat the insects.



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